The most striking feature that separates this selection from other Walter’s Viburnums is its unique, dark green foliage that is stunning at first glance. The large shrub or small tree at maturity reaches 10-12′ in height and spreads 6-10′. In the landscape the ‘Withlacoochee’ stays uniform in its growth habit and does not get “leggy” as many of the Viburnum species do, requiring less pruning and maintenance. It also exhibits a showy white bloom in the spring and maroon foliage during the winter months in response to cold weather. Separating itself from other Walter’s Viburnum species that are semi-deciduous, the ‘Withlacoochee’ tends to hold more of its leaves in the winter and keeps a very full appearance.
Viburnum obovatum’s adaptability is one of its key attributes. It thrives in various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clayey soils, and flourishes in well-drained conditions. This resilient shrub prefers full sun to partial shade but can tolerate some shade, making it suitable for a range of outdoor environments.
In landscaping, Walter’s Viburnum shines in several roles. Its dense growth and evergreen foliage make it an excellent choice for hedges, screens, or borders, providing both aesthetic and functional benefits. Moreover, its fragrant spring blossoms and berry production contribute to wildlife gardens, attracting birds and other wildlife species. With relatively low maintenance requirements and its capacity to adapt to different soil conditions, Viburnum obovatum is a favored addition to both residential and commercial landscapes in the southeastern United States, enriching outdoor spaces with its beauty and ecological significance.
Hardy Range: 7 – 10
Mature Height: 10 – 12’
Mature Spread: 6 – 10’
Growth Rate: medium
Walter’s viburnum showcases delicate white flowers
arranged in compact clusters. Its small, ovate to
spatulate leaves, about 1 inch in length, are oppositely
arranged and possess a leathery, dark green
appearance. The leaves may feature either smooth
edges or slightly toothed margins. The fruit, a flat red
drupe, transitions to a black hue as it matures.
Soil: moist to wet
Exposure: full sun to partial shade